This page describes the historic Gear Homestead, in Okowai Road, Papakowhai, Porirua City, and provides information about hiring Gear Homestead for a function such as a wedding, special event or business conference/seminar.
Gear Homestead at Night by “Adrian De la Fuente Wedding Photojournalism”
Gear Homestead is Porirua's gem
From its ornately worked porches and flowing lawns, the view of Porirua’s sparkling twin harbours is breathtaking. Nestled among the rose gardens and flowering shrubs, protected from the winds by a magnificent stand of historic pines, Gear Homestead is an unforgettable picture.
Built in 1882 by the pioneer business magnate, James Gear, the Homestead offers an unrivalled blend of elegance, history, privacy and practicality.
Weddings and Special Events
Gear Homestead is on 4 hectares of gardened grounds and offers a picturesque setting for wedding ceremonies and photo opportunities. The Homestead is ideal for wedding ceremonies, receptions and private functions or parties for up to 80 guests for a formal seated dinner and 100 for a standing cocktail function.
Seminars and Team Building
Gear Homestead is a popular venue for seminars and team building days.
The largest room is able to seat 50 comfortably in classroom style or 80 in theatre style. The Homestead also has smaller rooms that can be used for break-out areas or smaller boardroom-type meetings.
With large lawn areas surrounding the homestead, there is plenty of space for outdoor activities including use of the petanque and croquet sets available.
On-site catering is available with extensive menus to suit all.
- From cocktail nibbles to buffet or served meal.
- Gourmet bbqs and spit roasted meats.
- High teas and seminar catering.
The choice is yours! Discuss your requirements with the Gear Homestead management.
Themeing and Hire
There are numerous items available to hire from glassware to vases, linen to chair covers.
We are happy to discuss your requirements and work within your budget.
Venue themeing and decorating can be arranged to suit your event.
Gear Homestead is centrally situated in Porirua City, on the hill overlooking the harbour. It is easily accessible from State Highway 1 at the Whitford Brown intersection in Okowai Road, and is well signposted.
To make an appointment to view or discuss your function requirements, please call Gear Homestead management on (04) 237 8540, and view our Conditions of Hire from the link below.
Bookings are made through the Porirua City Council Contact Centre on (04) 237 5089.
Links to more information
Porirua City Council links: